Queensland Government Procurement- Compliance Matters Newsletter October Quarter 2023

Queensland Government Procurement- Compliance Matters Newsletter October Quarter 2023

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Quarterly newsletter October 2023
Beyond the portal: The ripple effect of non-compliance on supplier reputation, trust and credibility Governments and industries have entered an era of greater ethical, environmental, social and economic responsibility. Queensland Government’s commitment to ethical procurement practices is well-publicised via the Queensland Procurement PolicyQueensland Government Supplier Code of Conduct (the Code), the Ethical Supplier Mandate (the Mandate) and the Ethical Supplier Threshold (the Threshold). Non-compliance with the Queensland Government’s expectations of ethical supply has the potential of penalties under the Mandate and will cast a shadow over a supplier’s reputation. Read more >>
Buy Queensland 2023: Overview of the Queensland Government’s contemporary approach to procurement  Buy Queensland 2023 (BQ 2023) commenced earlier this year in June 2023 and harnesses the Queensland Government’s highly contemporary approach to procurement.The approach aims to support quality local jobs, establish a thriving and resilient decarbonised economy, deliver responsible intergenerational value for Queenslanders and increase trust by achieving excellent procurement outcomes overall for Queenslanders. Read more >>
Elevating compliance: Expansion of the Ethical Supplier Mandate to all procurement categories The Ethical Supplier Mandate (the Mandate) – the penalty framework for suppliers who engage in unethical behaviour – will be expanded to all Queensland Government procurement categories from 1 February 2024 as well as future procurement categories to be created under the Queensland Procurement Policy. Read more >>
Upholding Training Policy Compliance: The role of audits and investigations in monitoring contractor accountability Contractors involved in significant building and civil construction projects with a contract sum equal to or greater than $500,000 (including GST) must comply with the Queensland Government Building and Construction Training Policy. Read more >>
Navigating procurement compliance: The interface between industrial instruments and Best Practice Industry Conditions Ethical procurement requires compliance with the national workplace relations system (WRS) and Queensland’s industrial relations and labour hire licensing laws. This article sheds light on the industrial instruments that reinforce the national WRS, emphasising their connection with Best Practice Industry Conditions (BPICS) and the implications for Queensland Government suppliers. Read more >>
Building a solid foundation: Project variations as a pathway for Training Policy compliance The Ethical Supplier Mandate sets penalties according to the severity of breaches of the Queensland Building and Construction Training Policy (Training Policy). Such breaches occur when a supplier fails to meet the commitment to apprentice and training engagement hours, commonly referred to within the Training Policy as “deemed” hours. This article explores the project variation process that may assist contractors in fulfilling their contractual commitments. Read more >>
Investigation insights: Crafting an effective response to show cause and extenuating circumstances proceedings The complexity of laws, regulations and policies to which the Ethical Supplier Mandate (the Mandate) applies, requires that contractors pay attention to their business practises to avoid breaching contractual conditions. A breach of any of these may trigger a complaint from an injured party and subsequently initiate an investigation by the Procurement Investigation Unit (PIU), or a procuring agency and potential application of the Mandate’s penalty framework. Read more >>
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